Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, Chairman of Pakistan Science and Technology Task Force, visited National Institute of Health Islamabad, Pakistan. During the visit he was accompanied by remarkable scientists including Porf. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari Fellow and Council Member of Pakistan Academy of Science and Prof. Dr. Khair ul Anuar bin Abdullah, President of Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia. They took keen interest in knowing about the services and products of NIH for the people of Pakistan.
The Executive Director, National Institute of Health, Major General Aamer Ikram, in his welcome remarks briefed the guests, researchers and notable national and international academician about various functions of NIH and role of NIH in provision of public health services in Pakistan. He also highlighted the proliferation of vaccine production at NIH and many other development plans being executed at the institute.
Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman, in his lecture emphasized on research and development in Herbal Medicine and organic chemistry. He elaborated on discoveries of new molecules derived from herbal medicine to treat and manage neurological disorders in humans. He also highlighted the existing research capacity in different field of science and technology offered by Pakistan Science and Technology. He added, the organizations like NIH have potential of research in scientific productions of herbal medicine for prevention and management of health issues. He mentioned the priorities of Pakistan Science and Technology Task Force regarding implementation of R&D capacity in Pakistan.
Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari, updated the audience about scientific discoveries in medicinal plants and natural product chemistry. He pointed out that Pakistan has potential to export 120 billion USD worth of Herbal Medicine and products.
Later, Major General Aamer Ikram, Executive Director took gusts for visit of different departments of NIH including Public Health Emergency Operations Center.